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Food Goals: Sunday Rib Roast

Reminder! Monday, Feb 1st is the month review in numbers.  Join the fun and link up!

Sundays are the days of a warm home filled with the aroma of a delicious meal baking all afternoon. There's something about that that makes me more productive and at the same time, reminds me of being young and goofing off on weekends.  All because my mom made a killer roast and yorkshire pudding.
Today's recipes come from:
Sunday Rib Roast from Barefoot Contessa Family Style here....I strayed from the two books I have been exclusively using because I was really craving a roast.
Yorkshire pudding here (because my mom told me I had to) I rarely use random facebook recipes, but it was worth it!
Brussel Sprouts Lardon here from Barefoot Contessa in Paris.






This meal always rates in the 4s for us, it is a classic go-to that gets gobbled up in seconds, no complaints, even the muscle sprouts.  I loved this meal as a child and I'm glad my family loves it as much.   What kinds of meals did you enj…

What's Up Wednesday

1) What we're eating: I'm super motivated to be working through my food goals (see posts here) and am a good two months ahead of what I'm posting on Fridays, so yay for being prepared.  It has been a lot of fun trying every single recipe in the cookbook, regardless the ingredients.  Dan's brothers were in town this past weekend for a wedding and happened to stay over- they sure picked a good night! We had Lamb Persillade, stuffed cabbage and Coeur à la crème with raspberries. Délicieux!


2) What I'm reminiscing about: babies. Not because I want one, but because the last baby in our family turned 1 this week and he's growing up way too quick!


3) What I'm loving: winter pastels, but not the fashion kind, the beauty of nature kind.  Especially now that it's getting darker later and we can actually witness a sunset of pastels during supper time.  It's quite the view.



4) What we've been up to: marking, marking, marking.  'Tis the season of finals and…

Nostalgic #5

I thought it would be fun to throw back today to one of my first fashion posts.  I think I started in late 2013, documenting random outfits, but this post comes from the pretty much same time of year. I thought it would be fun to put on the outfit to see how it looks now, or how I would style the exact same clothes 2 years later, but you'll have to come back on Wednesday for that to see my teacher look...  As for my two year through back, you can read the original post here or just continue on.

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Jan 31, 2014

Last year, in order to keep my winter wardrobe innovating, I decided to force myself to make an outfit out of whatever came next in the shirt section of my closet.    Twas loads of fun inventing outfits plus it helped me get rid of things I wasn't really using. This year I plan on resorting to Pinterest to recreate some outfits that I have seen and loved and figured that I could likely pull off with what I have. For January, I decided to focus on a deep purple/m…

Food Goals: Pear Clafouti

Welcome to Friday Food Goals. You can see my past posts here.

This week I'm showing you the Pear Clafoutis from Barefoot in Paris.  I was really excited to try this recipe because I got to buy liqueur and also because it was très français.  I like french and dessert, so we all win.

This was an extremely easy recipe to assemble and was quite tasty too.  I would make this one again.






I should add that all three recipes that I have used so far in my quest to cook an entire cookbook (despite not knowing what half the ingredients are) also coincided with a Halloween party that Alynne was throwing (yes, I started this awhile ago so I could have a stockpile before I started the blog series.) Anyway, the girls all got to sample a little bit of this and a lot of that.  I did take notes on their ratings: In retrospect, I wish I would have recorded who gave which grade and what scale I was using. Ugh. I shall improve this for next week. Beatty's Chocolate Cake (last week): 5, 4.5 and a 4.…

On being honoured.

This past weekend our former ball team was honoured with an award for our many years of awesome.   Our team won 9 consecutive provincial titles at the Ladies' Fastball Level and I'm pretty sure if we would have stayed together that we would have kept on winning.  It was a very talented and diverse group of ladies and it was great to have a chance to reconnect in real life.


The thing is,  after high school, I probably didn't have to drive to another town to play ball. But I did. And when I moved further away, it would have been understandable to not continue with the drive to play.
Ha, both literally and metaphorically.  But I did.
I spent many summer nights, driving out of the city a 3 hour round trip, 2-3 times a week, accompanied by some great friends, to a small town in Saskatchewan.



But I wasn't just driving to any small town, you see, I was driving to a place where my Dad grew up playing.  The diamonds to me were as much part of my history as they were to the l…

What to Wear, the registration

What to Wear?

Alright peeps, I had a revelation last week. My entire January wardrobe consists of monotonous greys and blacks.  I need some inspiration.
Enter my blogging friend, Lisa.  You can read about her here.  I was super excited to see that she has compiled a series to help with just that- what basics should one have in her closet?  It's always good to have the building blocks in place and really, I am starting to wonder if I even have those.
Lisa has great style and always puts together beautiful outfits and I am confidant she will provide great suggestions.  I can't wait for this group to start and will definitely be signing up.  You should try it out with me too!

Do you need some style inspiration this winter?  Do you want to get to know other women - and share in some fashion fun?  Join a new series called DAILY STYLE FINDS: WHAT TO WEAR. 
Daily Style Finds: What to Wear will show you how with only 15 wardrobe essential pieces (the ones all women should have in their closet) - …

Food Goals: Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Welcome to my new Friday series: Friday Food Goals. I introduced this series back in December with an Apple Spice Cake as my first attempt to cook my way through a couple Barefoot Contessa cookbooks, à la Julie & Julia.  I'm now ready to provide you with weekly updates on my culinary conquest (read- I have enough of a buffer recipes complete to save room for a few flops.)
Today I'm showing you Beatty's Chocolate Cake with chocolate frosting both from the Barefoot Contessa Home book. (I will be jumping through 2 books in this series, her Home and Barefoot in Paris.  Yum!) This was an extremely easy recipe and delicious too...I may or may not be salivating as I type this.





I free-styled and added what is left out of summer strawberry pickings, which was just the most delightful way to top this seriously moist and chocolaty cake.

This cake got rave reviews from the kids and the husband...but seriously, one can't go wrong with chocolate cake, n'est-ce pas?

Next we…

The tale of Lucia and the brain machine

Once upon a time there was a little girl.  And the word little,there, was quite exactly that.

At 6 months old, her doctor noticed that she wasn't growing at the rate she should be.  So she was recommended to a pediatrician who proceeded with a plethora of tests.  Her mommy didn't enjoy this pediatrician, but that was mostly because there were so. many. tests and it took so. much. time.  But then again, mommy isn't exactly known for her patience.
The little girl did not enjoy these tests and even more so, her mom was a mess. The little girl was tested for Cystic Fibrosis, Dwarfism and many other things.  It wasn't fun for the sweet baby to be poked and prodded over the course of a year.  Did Mommy mention she was starting to get impatient?? 
Finally everything was ruled out and it was down to the last possibility: a growth hormone deficiency.  The test to diagnose this would not prove to be easy, you see, the little girl's veins were so tiny that they could never …